BMW Debuts the 2015 2 Series Convertible
MUNICH – The summer is about the leave in most parts of the northern hemisphere, but that didn’t stop BMW from introducing its newest convertible in the compact car segment. A few weeks ahead of its official launch at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, BMW officially announced the BMW 2 Series Convertible.
The 2 Series Convertible joins the 2 Series Coupé and the front-wheel drive 2 Series Active Tourer. The new 2 Series Convertible replaces the 1 Series Convertible as the new entry convertible model from the Munich based automaker. BMW sold more than 130,000 units worldwide of the predecessor.
BMW plans to offer the new 2 Series Convertible starting in February 2015. Customers will have a choice between three petrol- and one diesel-powered engines. The petrol versions include the BMW 220i and 228i, which are powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and the M Performance engineered M235i, which is powered by a 3-liter six-cylinder engine.
Diesel fans will be able to order the new convertible with a four-cylinder in-line diesel engine with BMW TwinPower turbo technology that powers the BMW 220d. The 2.0-liter diesel produces 190 horsepower (140 kW) at 4,000 rpm. The engine’s maximum 295 pound-feet (400 Nm) of torque is available from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, and brings the car from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.5 seconds. BMW promises that fuel economy will be between 50 mpg to 53 mpg (4.4 l/100 km to 4.1 l/100 km). An additional diesel version of the 218d and 225d could be introduced in 2015 since the equivalent models are already available as coupés.
BMW offers a variety of state-of-the-art safety and entertainment features that include adaptive headlights, parking assist with rear-view camera and a variety of optional features from the BMW Connected Drive package. The BMW 2 Series Convertible is also the first model within the entire BMW product range that features over-the-air software updates for the BMW Professional navigation system.
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